A man who was shot last month on Gold Camp Road is now speaking out, saying he wants some of the suspect's charges dropped.
The victim, Shawn Fick, told 11 News that the person who shot him is a good friend of his and the whole thing was an accident.
He said once he was released from the hospital he was surprised that detectives weren't reaching out to get his side of the story.
Fick said the two were camping with a group of friends when the teen started loading a gun nearby.
"He had the gun pointed towards the ground trying to load it and it went off. I don't know, it was all a blur after that really," Fick said.
Fick was airlifted to the hospital, where he spent several days in a medically-induced coma. Meanwhile, his friend was arrested.
Officials are not releasing the suspects name because he is a juvenile, but they did confirm the teen is facing a felony second-degree assault charge.
"The statute does not require 'intent' on behalf of the suspect. They meet the elements of the crime if they 'recklessly cause serious bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon,'" said Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Fick said he tried to contact law enforcement officials and the public defenders' office to ask for the charge to be dropped, but he hasn't heard back.
"I'd like for them to come talk to me, I'd like to see what's all going on and I'd like to get this charge dropped ... he didn't intentionally do it, it was all just a big accident," he said.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office told 11 News that the case is still active and detectives are working on a few follow ups, including more interviews.
The teen is also facing charges of Prohibited Use of a Weapon and Juvenile in Possession of a Hand Gun.
"While investigating a felony crime, law enforcement does not have the discretion of not moving forward on a case when a victim does not want to pursue charges; at the very least we have to present the case to the DA's Office," said Kramer.
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Multiple agencies are investigating a reported shooting near a tunnel on Gold Camp Road.
A 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound was taken to the hospital via Flight For Life.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, who along with Springs police is investigating the incident, tells 11 News the shooting is believed to be accidental. At this time, details are limited; authorities say it happened just before 8 p.m. Monday near tunnel 2, which is not far from the parking lot at the junction of Gold Camp Road, High Drive and Cheyenne Canon. It's not clear if the man accidentally shot himself or if someone accidentally shot him.
We are working to get more information.
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